People lined up to receive a COVID-19 test, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Opa-Locka, Fla. Florida health officials have reported a steady increase in the number of new coronavirus cases each day over the past month and a half, though the numbers are no where near the peak in July. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Tuesday’s Coronavirus Updates: 7,179 new cases and 136 new deaths reported

As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, there have been 1,918,100 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 1,882,865 Florida residents and  35,235 non-Florida residents. There are 31,135 Florida resident deaths reported, 561 non-resident deaths, and 79,731 hospitalizations at some point during illness, according to the Florida Department of Health.

For state and county-by-county breakdown of vaccine administration, click here.

According to the CDC, as of March 2, Florida has recorded 599 positive cases of the UK COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, 5 cases of the Brazil variant P.1, and 1 case of the South African variant B.1.351.

The Florida Department of Health and the CDC began investigating the evidence of the first known case of the UK COVID-19 variant on Dec. 31, 2020.

*Numbers are released by the DOH every afternoon.


Total number of recorded cases: 1,918,100 (up from 1,910,921)
Florida resident deaths: 31,135 (up from 30,999)
Non-resident deaths: 561 (up from 557)
Total deaths in state (Fla./non-Fla. residents combined): 31,696 (up from 31,556)

  • 7,179 new total new cases reported Tuesday
  • 136 new resident deaths reported Tuesday
  • 4 new non-resident deaths reported Tuesday
  • Percent positive for new cases in Fla. residents: 5.69%
    • This percent is the number of people who test PCR- or antigen-positive for the first time divided by all the people tested that day, excluding people who have previously tested positive. 


Total recorded cases in SWFL: 108,204 (up from 107,772)
Deaths: 1,873 (up from 1,868)

  • 432 total new cases reported Tuesday
  • 7 new deaths reported Tuesday

Lee County: 58,004 cases (up from 57,763) – 877 deaths (5 new)
Collier County: 30,429(up from 30,300) – 461 deaths (-2)
Charlotte County: 10,725 (up from 10,698) – 372 deaths (2 new)
DeSoto County: 3,823 (up from 3,798) – 75 deaths
Glades County: 903 (no change) – 15 deaths
Hendry County: 4,320 (up from 4,310) – 73 deaths

Click HERE* for a COVID-19 case-by-case breakdown – updated daily.

*If not linked, the final report has not yet been made available.


Effective Oct. 27, the Florida Department of Health ceased releasing data showing overall testing numbers. Their statement: “The Florida Department of Health is making adjustments to the COVID-19 dashboard and daily report to provide clear, accurate information for Florida families. Moving forward, the daily report will focus on the number of tests reported to the state by day and the corresponding positivity rate by day. The previously reported cumulative number did not reflect the current status of the pandemic in Florida. This change is in line with the CDC recommendation that calculation of percent positivity [is] applied consistently and with clear communication, will allow public health officials to follow magnitude and trends effectively, and the trends will be useful for local public health decision making.”


VACCINE IN SWFL: COVID-19 vaccine schedules and information for SWFL

VACCINE IN FLORIDA: State of Florida’s COVID-19 vaccine reports

NOW HIRINGSWFL companies adding jobs

FOOD PANTRIES: Harry Chapin mobile food pantry schedule, week of March 1

REPORT COVID-19 DIAGNOSIS/TEST: International self-reporting system


The Florida Department of Health has a 24-hour COVID-19 Call Center at 1-866-779-6121. Questions may also be emailed to [email protected]. Email responses will be sent during call center hours.

LINKFlorida Department of Health COVID-19 updates

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